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95 Theses: Thesis 93

by PastorMinton on October 8th, 2017

“Blessed be all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, “Cross, cross,” and there is no cross!”

“I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). As he ministered in Corinth, St. Paul focused all his work on Jesus’ cross and crucifixion. As Luther would continue to work through the Bible in his lectures and sermons, he would look for Christ and His cross in every Scripture, especially when the cross seemed to be irrelevant to the passage.

Jesus’ cross is the central point of human history and Christian worship. Shortly after the Diet of Worms (1521), several of Luther’s companions and colleagues began to remove all imagery from the sanctuary in Wittenberg and the surrounding area. Many times this would include crosses. They would cite the commandment against making graven images (Exodus 20:4) to show that Christians needed no images to focus on Jesus.

However, many of the Reformed and those influenced by them took this idea to the extreme. Many of these churches have no imagery in their sanctuaries. In fact, many of them refer to their worship spaces as auditoriums instead of sanctuaries. And in these worship spaces, unfortunately, there is more self-help, psycho-babble or the preacher’s own ideas than what Christ teaches in the Bible.

So Luther would say to the Christians trying to seek their proper focus on Jesus’ cross in those congregations, “Blessed be all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, “Cross, cross,” and there is no cross!”

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